Sharks beat Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Game 1

Posted April 20, 2017

Playing through things. They don't panic, they don't get excited.

Pavelski sent linemate Melker Karlsson into the open on the left wing early in overtime and Karlsson buried the victor past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot at 3:22 for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory. Edmonton winger Jordan Eberle said that took a toll. "For us, it's tough to get some flow". "The guys who kill (the penalty) are wasting a lot of energy and the guys who aren't are sitting on the bench". "We talk about it all the time". McDavid said the Oilers were able to settle down after first-game jitters.

He returned to the lineup for the playoffs wearing a cage, but by his own admission has been rusty. The Oilers were red hot, winning 12 of their last 14, while San Jose had dropped nine of 13.

The Sharks didn't waste time in overtime, with a wide open Melker Karlsson catching a cross ice pass from Captain Joe Pavelski to bury the victor and silence the raucous "Orange Crush" in Edmonton, leaving a stunned arena of fans sure that their heavily favored team would dominate a depleted Sharks roster. "Tonight we did. It was a huge bounce-back game and a big confidence booster". "We forechecked them hard and they got caught on some long shifts".

"We understand what those guys can do", Pavelski told reporters after the game. "The team won and this time of year, that is all that matters".

Oscar Klefbom scored the Oilers first playoff goal since June 17, 2006, when his centring pass deflected in off Sharks defenceman David Schlemko.

Lucic made it 2-0 with less than three minutes to go in the period on a power play.

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Letestu promptly passed it to a streaking Kassian, who barreled in alone and fired a wrist shot low past the blocker of goalie Martin Jones. Lucic then shot again through Jones's pads.

The Sharks had a first period to forget but found a rhythm in the second period, with Joel Ward's power play goal helping to change the momentum. Joonas Donskoi came around behind the net and fed the puck in front on the backhand to Ward, who redirected the puck past Talbot.

The Edmonton Oilers said they sold just half of the 250 concourse tickets that were made available for Game 1 against San Jose Sharks Wednesday night. Edmonton would amass just 19 shots while the Sharks put the test to Cam Talbot with 44. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays.

"We're here now and that's all the matters" Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer's words following his team's 3-2 victory in Edmonton rang true.

"It was awesome to see Orange Crush come alive in Oil Country last night", Goss said.

"We're disappointed with the way it went", said Sharks forward Joe Pavelski. We just keep going. We did a good job during the regular season. He entered the series having played 101 playoff games - more than any other Edmonton player.